REVIEW – Arya Tara Wonder by Himcoop Nepal

rangsaa tea reviewDescription of tea
The dry tea consists of slightly rolled leaves with scattered downy tips. The ample splashes of fresh green and brown leaves, add color and elegance. Aroma is impressive – strong, grassy, herbal with sweet notes.

Infused Tea/Unique Characteristics
The leaves brew a pale-golden color liquor with an amber hue. Aroma is foresty. The flavor is crisp, clean, complex and engaging. The top notes are predominantly grassy, floral, woody and grainy. Vegetal, muscatel and unique undertones, like the taste of crispy burnt ends of a cookie, build in the back of the mouth. Something is special about this one! Texture is thick/cloudy and has a wonderful buttery mouthfeel. The finish is more tannic than astringent, and has the expected high-mountain black tea’s ever-so-classic dryness and lingering aftertaste.

Infusion
I brewed 4 tsp of tea leaves in a 500ml glass teapot for 5 mins. Preferred water temperature was around 90C. The lighter-toned fresh-green wet leaves reflect the quality and delicate nature of the tea. There are a lot of flavors and character in the infusion, but I feel this tea’s winning trait is its new-wood freshness. I refilled my teapot once and a cup after 8 minutes was refined, balanced and totally enjoyable!

Arya Tara Wonder is a tea that reflects the skill of its grower. It’s a delicate, fine black tea that would give you the love of both white and green tea. Personally, as a wine lover and a fan of praiseworthy high-mountain first flush teas, I recommend this tea for its intricate personality and beautiful palate experience.

Flush – First/Spring 2018
Region – Arya Tara tea garden
Website – Himcoop Nepal

Why Wine Lovers Make Awesome Tea Addicts

tea-talk-11A not-so-well-known fact about tea is that it has more diverse sensory wheel than wine. Wine and tea lovers, alike, would agree that the two drinks are about flavor and taste. The common element of subtlety unites the two. Wine lovers have learned about wine by paying close attention to the physical experience of taste and aromas. People who love wine are often sensual beings, operating on a feeling rather than thinking level. They crave touch, smell, taste and the finer things in life, not very different from tea lovers. No wonder wine lovers make the best tea connoisseurs too and here’s why:

1. A time travel machine – Good wine does this wonderful thing to you – it transports you back to the time and place it was made in. This is a quality of wine even the beginners find easy to catch up to since the regional differences in the production of wine brim to the surface before anything else. The same is the case with tea, whose agricultural environment is revealed in its properties. There are still some teas that are created such that all hints of the origin vanish. For wine drinkers, this is how you can tell an average tea from a great one.

2. Myriad of flavours and aromas – If you have a cup of high altitude tippy green tea, it will taste nothing like wine! However, there are several compounds found in tea that are identical in aroma and flavour to those in wine. Only a seasoned drinker will be able to spot this similarity. A sensitive palate is what makes wine and tea drinkers much like each other. When you learn the art of tasting the subtle notes, you improve both your ability to identify good quality tea and to taste in general.

3. Savoring it – Wine lovers know the art of savouring, the act of taking it slow and enjoying what stands right before you. And this is exactly how you enjoy tea. Taking a break from the humdrum life and enjoying a meal, some fine wine and good company.

4. Always more to know – While tea may look like a simple thing to learn, it’s vast in both breadth and depth. Tea lovers know learning all there is to learn about tea is an uphill task. Much as a glass of wine, each cup of tea is an opportunity to expose yourself and engage with a rich cultural history and tradition. Wine and tea both carry within themselves a bit of the earth’s geology. For those who have a deep love of learning, nothing better than a lesson in tea.

5. Love for variety – Variety is truly the spice of life. Both wine and tea stay true to the adage with the huge number of options they present. You could easily try a bottle of wine a day and a cup of tea a day and you would still be left with a vastly uncharted territory.

6. Appreciating the little things in life – Celebrating the moment comes naturally to wine and tea lovers. Nothing better than spending a lovely evening with friends and family over a nice pot of tea. Tea-time is a way to cherish the little things in life, something to hold on to. Wine and tea lovers don’t need a lot to make them happy. They can turn an ordinary evening into a memorable one. It’s a very happy way to live!

At Rangsaa, we believe in the power of rich tea with rich experiences. So calling out to all wine lovers, who we are sure would love our teas! Indulge in the exquisiteness of Rangsaa blends and surround yourself with all things good.

TEA Trip One – Rishikesh, The Yoga Capital Of The World!

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The increasing worldwide interest in yoga has made Rishikesh a hot destination for all yoga lovers from around the world. People, who love yoga, also consider tea as a spiritual medium to heal and connect with their inner self. To explore the emerging tea culture in Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world, ‘Love for Tea’ decided to hit the road and explore the city.

Rishikesh, a nature buff’s paradise, has a serene and calm ambience, that will completely absorb you. With both relaxed and reverent vibes- right on the bank of river ganga, with fresh mountain air, sunrise over the peaks, incessantly ringing temple bells and power packed yoga centers and devotees, the city is a must visit tea destination.

After checking into a beautiful room at Tapovan, on the hilltop, we started our day of adventure. We walked through the forest from our hotel and reached Swiss Garden Restaurant. It’s a beautiful bistro in the middle of forest- with huge variety of great tea, awesome food, calm ambience, trance music and yes, free wifi. This place is a magnet for tea lovers and I highly recommend it.

Some of the teas that I tried here over the next few days are Mint tea, Herbal tea, Ayurvedic tea, Honey ginger lemon and Nepali tea. Nepali chai, as called by the locals, is made with spices without any tea leaves. It’s delicious and a must have. I had to connect with the head chief and learnt the recipe first hand. The recipe for Nepali Chai lands on my blog pretty soon.

We spent our next three days hiking, trekking, visiting numerous temples and exploring tea at local restaurants & cafes. Most of them had interesting menus for all taste. Chilling by the shore of the Ganga and making new friends was our normal activity there.

One of the memorable places during my visit was the Third Eye Restaurant, where we spent an evening after a long day at the beach. Next to the Beatles café, ‘The Third Eye Restaurant’ is another beautiful place with a breath taking view. We spent crazy hours over many rounds of tea hereThe Tibetan Restaurant in Tapovan is another nice place to explore, with awesome variety of tea and multi-cultural cuisines. This place is packed with foreign travellers also because of a German bakery next door and Baba massage center right in front.

The organic and spiritual energy in Rishikesh reflects in the tea here, which besides being completely different in it’s presentation, is mostly made from fresh herbs, that offers a unique tea experience.

Best time to visit Rishikesh is during the winters. Tapovan is a must explore destination for all nature lovers. Thus we continued our Tea quest further towards the east of India, where the tea was already brewing for our arrival.

What Do Footballers Drink?

Tea

“What we believe to be one of the most fascinating benefits of drinking tea for athletes is the role of L-Theanine, an Amino-Acid in Tea that results in the state of  ‘Relaxed or Mindful Alertness’.  Meditators have been cultivating ‘Relaxed Alertness’ through meditation for years, a state which is experienced in peak states of play, and which can be experienced through the act of drinking Tea.”- mindandsport.org

Bob Marley Loved TEA, We Love Tea

 

"Mellow mood has got me, darlin'. Let the music rock me, darlin'.'Cause I got your love, darlin'. Love, sweet love, darlin'."-Mellow Mood, Bob Marley (Songs of freedom)

“Mellow mood has got me, darlin’. Let the music rock me, darlin’. ‘Cause I got your love, darlin’. Love, sweet love, darlin’.”-Mellow Mood, Bob Marley (Album: Songs of freedom)